Remembering to be Thankful For What We Have~ The Lupus Magazine article for November

Published October 30, 2011 by Kristel Goodspeed-Correa

Wow..its hard to believe it is already November!  Thanksgiving is just around the corner.  While we should always remember to be thankful for the things in life that we do have, traditionally this is the time of year where we tend to think upon it so much more.

Sometimes that is easier said than done, especially in tough, economic times.  Money is tight, worries about how you will pay your bills, whether or not we’ll have a job tomorrow, and so many other things..  Chronic illnesses compound these feelings of woe.  It is essential for our own well-being to try to turn these negatives into positives to the best of our own abilities.

Sometimes being thankful for the little things in life can be a stepping stone to a happier you.  It is tough enough to always be sick all the time, but we can chose on how we deal with it.  Regardless of what we decide, we are at the mercy of whatever course our diseases take.  We can either be miserable or we can accept what we cannot change, make the best of a bad situation and try to live through it as happy as we can.

Stress (and feelings of misery/depression) feed fuel to our illnesses.  Why feed our Monsters  any more than necessary?  No one is happy about being chronically ill, that’s a fact.  No one expects you to be.  It stinks actually, so we must think to ourselves– how do we take a stinky situation and make it smell a lil bit more like roses?   What is it that does make us truly feel happy?  And try to bring forth more of that into our lives to help brighten up even our darkest days.

Sometimes we need to take the time to reflect on whatever good things life does throw our way.  Be thankful we have those and to try not to dwell so much on the bad things.  Life is full of beautiful and wonderful adventures and experiences.  Sometimes we just have to look a little harder or deeper to find them and enjoy what we do have.

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2 comments on “Remembering to be Thankful For What We Have~ The Lupus Magazine article for November

  • This is a timely and great reminder to be thankful, grateful and positive about the circumstances that come into our life with lupus. Thanks.

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